Many New Mexico residents suffer from urinary tract infections every year. In some cases, bladder problems could be a sign of something more chronic. Pelvic pain and frequent urination may be a sign of “painful bladder syndrome,” also known as interstitial cystitis.
Some patients with this condition are often unable to get relief from doctors who may dismiss the symptoms as a simple bladder infection and prescribe antibiotics. This can be very frustrating for patients who are spending a lot of time and money to get relief yet are being treated improperly.
The disorder is characterized by a frequent need to urinate and unexplained pain in the pelvic area. Interstitial cystitis is more common in females than males. For women, symptoms may become more intense during menstruation or sexual intercourse.
Interstitial cystitis is frequently misdiagnosed as an overactive bladder or a urinary tract infection. Failure to diagnose the condition can cause problems because patients are frequently treated with antibiotics, which can lead to antibiotic resistance.
The cause of this disorder is unknown. Some medical professionals believe it may be caused by defects in the bladder lining that may allow substances in the urine to penetrate into the bladder walls.
Failure to diagnose can be considered a form of medical malpractice, especially if the failure results in harm to the patient. To prove medical malpractice in a civil case, the person who is alleging the claim must prove that the medical provider’s treatment fell below the required standard of care. Anyone who believes they may have experienced medical malpractice may wish to consult an attorney for more information.